Pique, messi, puyol, xavi, iniesta, busquests etc etc. What is common in these names?
- They play or played for Barcelona and all of them hold the crown of club legends.
- All of they came out of la masia and except pique who played with united for a while, each on of them played their entire career in Barcelona.
So, that’s a great thing for any clubs academy and the barca supporters use to taunt other clubs especially Madrid for their buying the best talent on market approach. Also the long list of of talent just prove that la masia is probably the best academy in Europe and the discussion should probably end here. Right?
But wait, neymar, suarez, Coutinho, dembele, Malcolm, umtiti and now griezmann, what is happening. They haven’t produced a world class player in a while. They are just buying talents. They also sold probably three of their highest rated young players to Dortmund this season. According to a FEW reports the condition of la masia is so bad that even the food is not meeting the nutrition standards. https://www.barcablaugranes.com/platform/amp/2018/7/13/17565398/barcelona-need-major-changes-to-restore-la-masia-to-its-former-glory
What has gone wrong at la masia and at Barcelona? Have they lost their identity? If so then why? Who is responsible for this?